For some reason the promise of buying an enviable sofa will never motivate me to save as much as the hope of finally making it to a destination I’ve been researching (or Instagram stalking) for years. That’s why I set a travel savings goal every year. Not only does it motivate me to sock away some extra money, it also shows me how far my money can go if I stick to a budget. It’s nice to realize that, over the course of a year, skipping $50 of takeout every week can get me all the way across the Pacific Ocean and back.
Even when I was penny-pinching on an entry-level salary, I’d tuck away $100 a month and map out a trip or two based on tiny home Airbnbs I could book for $40 a night. Whether you can barely save $20 a week or you just got a substantial raise, making a few travel goals for 2019 might help you focus your savings efforts. If you have your sights set on a trip to Thailand, that can help you resist the $7 oat milk latte or the flash sale email urging you to buy a new bronzer.
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